Teenage boys in Syria led eight men to their beheading deaths in a new Islamic State video that surfaced Sunday.
In the video, the men were blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs before being led into a field in the Syrian province of Hama, where they had their heads cut off, according to the USA Today.
An ISIS fighter calls the eight Shi’ite Muslim men “impure infidels” in the video and says the military attack on the Islamic State will only make the group stronger, according to the Daily Mail.
“Our swords will soon, God willing, reach the Nuseiries and their allies like Bashar and his party.”
The term Nuseiry is a derogatory word for the Assad’s Alawite sect of Shi’ite Islam.
The teenage boys were seen handing the ISIS fighters knives before the men’s beheading.
The video takes place in Syria, where President Bashar Assad is waging a battle along with Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group against the radical Islamic State.
American and Western media hastened to add that the video, posted on social media, could not be independently verified, although the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the United Kingdom said the video appeared authentic, according to the USA Today.
The extremist group has released many similar videos showing beheadings since capturing large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, when it declared itself a caliphate, or Islamic religious government.
The Islamic State, alternately referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is also battling Iraq and allied Iran forces in Tikrit, as reported by the Inquisitr.
The Iraqi forces, however, seem to be slow in pushing the ISIS forces from the town despite punishing American airstrikes, according to the New York Times.
About 400 ISIS extremists have held off about 30,000 Iraqi forces for weeks now despite American carpet bombing off the city.
Lt. Gen. Riyadh Jalal Tawfiq, the commander of Iraqi Army ground forces nationwide, told the New York Times his forces were taking their time.
“There is a plan, and we are going as planned. It’s a battle that’s going on right now. We’re not in any hurry.”
Meanwhile, in Syria, Islamic forces under al-Qaida’s leadership have almost overrun the city of Idlib while government forces have nearly collapsed after heavy fighting, according to Yahoo News.
The city is the second provincial capital to be taken by ISIS, which now controls about half the country.